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Nina Canell once made a sculpture for ten people that caused the electricity in their homes to go out simultaneously and unannounced once every month for a year. The transfer and distribution of energy has been an integral preoccupation of her work since the beginning, often working with situations that are highly sensitive to spatio-temporal variables. Grounded as much in the chance encounter as in close study, her sculptural process foregrounds material agency.


Nina Canell was born 1979 in Växjö, went to art school in Dublin, and currently lives and works in Berlin. She has had solo museum exhibitions in Switzerland, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Sweden, France, Germany and England. Canell has taken part in the Venice, Cuenca, Sydney, Lyon, and Liverpool biennials, as well as group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Witte de With, Rotterdam; the ICA, London; and Guggenheim, Bilbao among others. Nina Canell frequently collaborates with Robin Watkins on installations, artist’s books and publications.


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2022      Tectonic Tender, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

              Hardscapes, Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin

2021      Nothing is Lost (The Meru Art Science Award), Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy

2019      Kunsthalle Baden Baden

2018      Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

              S.M.A.K (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art), Ghent

2017      The Artist’s Institute, New York City

              Museo Tamayo, Mexico City

              Le Crédac Contemporary Art Centre, Ivry-sur-Seine

              Nordic Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

2015      Arko Art Center, Seoul

              13th Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France

2014      Moderna Museet, Stockholm

              Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle

              Camden Arts Centre, London

2013      Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis

2012      Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart (w. Rolf Julius), Berlin

              The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

              Cubitt Gallery, London

              18th Biennale of Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia

2011      Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel

2010      Mumok (Museum Moderner Künst Stiftung Ludwig), Vienna

              6th Liverpool Biennial, Tate Liverpool, UK

2009      Hamburg Kunstverein, Hamburg

              Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen

2008      Manifesta 7 - European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino Südtirol Alto Adige, Italy




Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Irish Arts Council

Konstnärsnämnden, Stockholm (National Collection, Sweden)

Permanent public sculpture, Royal National Library, Stockholm

Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö

Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin

Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany

Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (National Collection, Germany)

LWL Landesmuseum, Münster

Kiasma, Helsinki

FNAC Fonds National d’Art Contemporain

FRAC Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain

Pinault Collection, Paris / Venice

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen

Mumok, Vienna

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz

S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent

Dallas Museum of Modern Art, Dallas

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis